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Torcello Island, Venice

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Spend a few hours on Torcello Island, and you'll understand why Ernest Hemingway chose this as his writing base in 1948. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta dates back to 639 CE and houses 11th- and 12th-century Byzantine art, including a depiction of the Last Judgment. Look out from the bell tower for views of the countryside. The island also is home to two 14th-century palaces, the Palazzo dell'Archivo and the Palazzo del Consiglio. The latter, originally the seat of the island's government, is now a museum. Stop by Locanda Cipriani, the restaurant and hotel where Hemingway wrote "Across the River and Into the Trees." Plan to visit Torcello Island during your Venice vacation using our convenient Venice tourist route planner.
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  • Yes! Go there if you: - have overall enough time in Venice - like to be in nature (tip: bring a picnic) - appreciate historic places (Cathedral was founded in 639!) - want to visit a calm and serene b...  more »
  • Small pretty wild island, away from the noise with a magnificent Basilica. Very soothing and quiet with few people.
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  • Only four restaurants, and a little historic place with a church. Quite quaint place with a few kiosks selling tourist items.  more »